A blood test which looks for the presence of the herpes virus, a common sexually transmitted infection.
Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (1 or 2) and is very common - most sexually active people will contract the herpes virus although many will show no symptoms. Once infected, herpes often causes recurring symptoms although these may become milder as the body's antibodies become more effective. herpes is spread through skin to skin contact and the virus easily enters the body through the mucous membranes. It is not a serious condition although it can cause discomfort especially in the early stages. The herpes virus can be passed to babies during the birth if the mother has become infected during the final trimester and has yet to pass on sufficient antibodies to her unborn baby.
This test is for any individual who is concerned that they may have become infected with the herpes simplex virus. In particular it is important for pregnant women who may wish to opt for a caesarean section if there is any risk of infecting the baby during a vaginal delivery.
Symptoms of herpes include itching, tingling, blisters in the genital area and sometimes flu-like symptoms.
We will send you your Herpes Test blood and sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Herpes Test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood and sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood and sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.